Irish Teen Problem Solvers Win World Bronze in India

Team Ireland at the International Linguistics Olympiad 2016

Four young Irish language code-breakers have proved themselves among the world’s best problem solvers at the International Linguistics Olympiad in Mysore, India. The Irish secondary school students, sponsored and tutored by the Science Foundation Ireland funded ADAPT Centre, have won a bronze medal and two Honourable Mention awards at the event, which concluded on 29 July 2016.

Claire O’Connor (17) of St. Louis' High School, Rathmines, Dublin beat off competition from 180 competitors from 30 countries to secure a bronze medal. Dónal Farren (17) of St. Eunan’s College, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal and Pádraig Sheehy (16) of Gonzaga College, Ranelagh, Dublin won Honourable Mention awards. Just outside the awards was Richard Neville (18) of St. Andrew’s College, Booterstown, Dublin.

Team Ireland for 28th International Olympiad in Informatics chosen at DCU

AIPO-IOI Team Ireland 2016L-R: Kieran Horgan, Teofil Camarasu, John Ryan, Eoin Davey

The cream of young irish programming talent rose to the top of the AIPO leaderboard after 3 days of intensive algorithmic coding challenges in DCU this week. Four young men are on their way to the trip of a lifetime to the Olympics of high school programming in Russia in August.

Eoin Davey (18yr) from Summerhill College, Sligo, Teofil Camarasu (18yr) from Dundalk Grammar School, Louth, John Ryan (17yr) from St. Joseph's College, Thules, Tipperary and Kieran Horgan (15yr) from Davis College, Mallow, Cork have been chosen to represent Ireland at the 28th International Olympiad Informatics in Kazan, Russia.

The International Olympiad in Informatics is the world’s main informatics competition for school-age students, and was first initiated by UNESCO in 1989. This year, team Ireland will compete as individual students against over 300 students from 82 different countries around the world at the Kazan Federal University in Russia.

DCU School of Computing @ CoderDojo's Coolest Projects 2016

DCU Stand @ Coolest ProjectsDCU School of Computing and AIPO were inpired by the range of techology and talent on show at CoderDojo's Coolest Projects Tech Expo in the RDS Saturday 18th.

Now in it's fifth year, Coolest Projects, which started in DCU by ex-CA graduate Noel King, has ballooned in a spectacular showcase of almost 700 projects comprising of robots, gadgets, games, blogs and websites designed by coders between the ages of seven and 17. The School of Computing had 4 academics judging at it, with Dr. Mark Roantree having a hectic day as overall Judging Co-ordinator.

Alex O'Connor from the School of Computing said "As a first-time judge the scale of the event was almost overwhelming. The category which I looked at included many technically impressive challenges, and the entrants were all bright, enthusiastic, and suitably proud of their hard work. I suspect many of them have bright futures in technology"

Unlocking the secrets of a technology driven world - New BSc in Data Science


In an increasingly technology-driven world, we are inundated on a daily basis with data that, at first glance, appears too complex to decode.  Data analytics allows us to mine and harness these rich seams of information for insights that can improve our lives in a myriad of ways - helping businesses understand customer behaviour, improving healthcare at personal and global levels, feedback to enhance athlete performance, helping science and research unlock the secrets of our universe, detecting and preventing cyber attacks or fraud, and creating smarter cities and countries.

The Expert Group on Future Skills Needs, which advises the Irish government on current and future skills needs of the country, reports that there could be an estimated 21,000 potential job openings in Big Data and Analytics skills by 2020. 

Set in the context of an international report from McKinsey Global Institute (MGI) which estimates that, by 2018 the United States will experience a shortage of 190,000 skilled data scientists, and 1.5 million managers and analysts capable of reaping actionable insights from the big data deluge - an estimated 40,000 exabytes of data being collected by 2020 - the implications of this shortage become apparent.

In response to this and, in keeping with its reputation for developing expertise in areas of major technological significance, Dublin City University has announced two new initiatives - the country’s first BSc in Data Science and the AIB Chair in Data Analytics.

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